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Castle Tioram

Moidart / Ardnamurchan

Castle Tioram, Ardnamurchan, Scotland
Castle Tioram photo © Cisek Ciesielski | Fotolia.com

Castle Tioram (pronounced 'Cheerum') lies in ruins on a rocky islet in Loch Moidart, Ardnamurchan. Located south of Mallaig and some 50 miles from Fort William on the west coast of Scotland, its location is made all the more remote by the fact that access is only possible at low tide when you can walk across a spit of land.

Tioram was destroyed in 1715 when Clan Chief Allan of Clanranald ordered it to be burnt, probably to prevent it falling into enemy hands when he left to fight for the Jacobite cause. It has lain in various states of ruin ever since. It is closely linked with the beginnings of the Clanranald branch of the MacDonalds.

The castle is owned by a Scottish businessman, Lex Brown, who is still hoping to return Tioram to residential use despite numerous set backs. Historic Environment Scotland have so far refused permission (story here).

Sandra Evans has an excellent article on the Moidart Local History Group web site.

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